tci E/M Coding Alert - 2017 Issue 2

Reader Question: Determine Correct Choice for Death Pronouncement

Question: We had a trauma patient come to our hospital. One of our providers saw the patient and pronounced him dead. How do I charge for my provider’s service? Her documen­tation summarized what happened from the time of the accident, the ride to the hospital, and what happened in the trauma area. She did a brief examination prior to the pronouncement, but the helicopter/emergency room (ER) crew did most of the work. The documentation doesn’t support a consult. I’m at a loss. Any ideas? California Subscriber Answer: Medicare does not designate specific codes for death...

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